It's not too often coaches from opposing teams come away from a swim
meet satisfied -- especially when the schools are rivals like Burbank
and Burroughs highs.
But there was plenty for the coaches to be optimistic about
Wednesday in a cross-town Foothill League meet at Burroughs High.
Burbank won the boys' portion, 87-82, and Burroughs captured the
girls' competition, 91-77.
"We were 2-3 last year, so it's been a major turnaround," Burbank
boys' Coach Adam Wright said of his team, which is 3-1-1 in league
dual meets. "We've got a lot of young people. We have only one senior
and three juniors."
The Bulldogs were paced by junior Eric Davis, who won both the
200- and 100-yard freestyle races. Davis was first in the 200 in 1
minute 54.4 seconds and there was no time available for his 100
Wright said he expects Davis to get a CIF Southern Section
qualifying time in both events next week in the league finals.
Davis was also teamed up with Soo Ha Park, Miko Lave and Mike
Nelson to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.8.
Although Burroughs won seven of the 11 events, Burbank showed its
depth in the victory.
"The boys swam well," Burroughs Coach Dave Cohen said. "Everyone
was hauling and we [swam personal records] in a lot of places. You
have to give [Burbank] credit because they out-touched us in a couple
Burroughs (2-3) got two wins from Matt Alberti in the 200
individual medley (2:08.6) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.21).
Ian Ortega was another double-winner for the Indians, as he
captured the 50 freestyle (24.49) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.5).
"I've got a lot of kids that are on the junior varsity that would
have been on varsity last year," Wright said. "This is a great
facility to swim at every day. That alone has transformed this
Burbank practices and competes in meets at Burroughs, as it waits
for the construction of its new pool, which should be completed
within the next year or two.
Burroughs (2-3) won eight of 11 events in the girls' portion, with
Caitlin Howison leading the way. Howison won the 200 freestyle
(2:09.42) and the 500 freestyle (5:50.39).
"Our girls are really talented," Cohen said. "I don't have a
single senior on my team this year."
Audrey Arcasu was first in the 200 individual medley (2:32.16) and
the 100 butterfly (1:08.2) for Burroughs.
Burbank (1-4) had some good marks in the 100 freestyle, as Nune
Aleksanyan (1:02.5) and Jennifer Austin (1:02.67) finished first and
Stacy Hishinuma was another Bulldog winner, as she was first in
the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.62.
"The meet was not one of our best meets, but both teams swam
hard," Burbank girls' Coach Melissa Simmons said.
"It will be interesting to see what happens next week at league
The Foothill League prelims will be at 3 p.m. Monday and the final
will be on Thursday at Burroughs.